By Carson Deveau
The Island Storm won a back-and-forth thriller, 115-113, against the Saint John Riptide on Sunday afternoon.
Tirrell Baines got the scoring started for the Storm with a pair of free throws, and from there, the game really took off.
Storm used a strong start to take a 26-23 lead after the first quarter. But the Riptide took this as a wake-up call and exploded in the second frame, scoring 29 points and taking a 52-48 lead going into half.
The Storm trailed for much of the third, until the team’s backcourt caught fire.
Jahii Carson and Nick Okorie made it rain from deep all throughout the quarter, resulting in a 36-point frame, to give the Storm momentum and a 84-76 lead heading into the fourth.
The Riptide battled back in the final frame, bringing the game to within two points.
But Terry Thomas secured the win for the Storm by going one for two from the charity stripe in the game’s final seconds.
Carson led all Storm scorers with 29pts on 10-14 shooting, along with seven assists and 5 rebounds, while Okorie chipped in with 21 points, eight assists, and three rebounds. The duo also shot lights-out from three-point range, shooting 61.5% from deep (8/13 combined).
The Storm is back at Eastlink Centre next Friday for a rematch with Saint John. The game, which takes place on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m., will serve as a makeup game from a previously postponed game.